Cape Town International Airport Guide (CPT)
One of the busiest airports in Africa, Cape Town International is the second busiest airport in South Africa after O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg. A useful resource for travellers, our Cape Town International Airport guide includes details of terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.
The terminals are within walking distance of each other. A shuttle bus service links the terminals and car parks.
From Cape Town, take the N2 highway eastbound and follow signs for Cape Town International Airport, which is off junction 16.
Bus:My Citi Bus (tel: +27 800 656 463; www.myciti.org.za) links the city centre (Civic Centre on Herzog Boulevard) with Cape Town International Airport (journey time: 35 minutes; fare: R61.50).
Taxi:Taxis are available from Cape Town International Airport to the city centre (journey time: 20 minutes, fare: around R250) from the Transport Plaza. Touch-Down Taxis (tel: +27 21 919 4659) is the authorised airport taxi company - travellers are advised to use this provider and should never get into unauthorised cars.
Bureaux de change and ATMs are available in both terminals. There is a full-service bank in the international departures area.
Wi-Fi internet access (available free of charge for the first four hours of use) is available throughout Cape Town International Airport. Public telephones are available at the airport, along with mobile phone hire. A post office is located next to the domestic arrivals area.
Options for eating and drinking are located throughout Cape Town International Airport. These include full-service restaurants, fast food outlets, bars and cafés.
Duty-free shopping is situated in the International Terminal, both pre- and post-security. Other retailers include a pharmacy, clothing outlets, bookshops, and gift shops selling local souvenirs. A VAT refund service is provided in International Departures.
Baggage storage facilities are available in the Parkade 2 (tel: +27 72 384 2954) car park. A porter service is available; porters, who are dressed in black and orange, are self-employed and rely on tips for their income. All lost and found articles are taken to the police station; ask at the information desk for more details.
The Airport Conference Centre (tel: +27 21 935 3715) is located in the Southern Office Block near the Domestic Terminal, and offers venues for meetings and conferences. The airport also offers fully equipped offices with a secretarial service for short and long-term hire.
Executive lounges can be found in the departures areas of both terminals: the Premier Lounge is available to all passengers for a fee in the Domestic Terminal (tel: +27 21 936 3014) and International Terminal (tel: +27 21 936 2127); while the VIP Lounge (tel: +27 21 937 1233) can be found in Domestic Departures. British Airways and South African Airways lounges are present in both terminals.
Cape Town International Airport is fully accessible for disabled travellers, with lifts, ramps and adapted toilets. Wheelchairs can be supplied if required: passengers are advised to inform their airline of such needs in advance. Dedicated parking facilities are also available for disabled travellers in the multistorey car park.
Parkade 1 (to the north of the terminals) contains 4,050 parking spaces and Parkade 2 (to the south) contains 1,749 parking spaces. Covered car parking is located either side of the car rental area; this can be reached via the pedestrian subway.
Shuttles are available to transport passengers to the relevant terminals from the car parks. Valet parking and lock-up garages are offered by Katanga Executive Parking Services (tel: +27 861 482 538; www.valet.co.za). These facilities must be booked in advance. Free parking for up to 30 minutes is available for drivers collecting arriving passengers.
Car hire companies at Cape Town International Airport include: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Car hire desks are located in front of the Transport Plaza and central area between the terminals.